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Richard D. De Wert

Richard D. De Wert was born November 17, 1931, in Taunton, MA, and joined the Navy in 1948. He trained as for the Hospital Corps and served at the Naval hospital at Portsmouth, VA, before sailing with the Fleet Marine Force in July 1950. He landed with the First Marine Division at Inchon and took part in the liberation of Seoul and landings at Wonsan, the Chosin Reservoir Campaign and Hungnam Evacuation. With his unit, he helped push North Korean guerillas from the countryside and beyond the Thirty-Eighth Parallel. He was killed in action while aiding injured Marines.

Named in his honor are: the frigate USS De Wert, clinics in Newport, RI, and at the Marine Cold Weather Base in California, a street in his hometown and a scholarship fund at Pepperdine University.

Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a[n] HC, in action against enemy aggressor forces. When a fire team from the point platoon of his company was pinned down by a deadly barrage of hostile automatic weapons fire and suffered many casualties, HC Dewert rushed to the assistance of 1 of the more seriously wounded and, despite a painful leg wound sustained while dragging the stricken marine to safety, steadfastly refused medical treatment for himself and immediately dashed back through the fireswept area to carry a second wounded man out of the line of fire. Undaunted by the mounting hail of devastating enemy fire, he bravely moved forward a third time and received another serious wound in the shoulder after discovering that a wounded marine had already died. Still persistent in his refusal to submit to first aid,he resolutely answered the call of a fourth stricken comrade and, while rendering medical assistance, was himself mortally wounded by a burst of enemy fire. His courageous initiative, great personal valor, and heroic spirit of self-sacrifice in the face of overwhelming odds reflect the highest credit upon HC Dewert and enhance the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.